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Colorado Dinner and Sleigh Ride

The grandkids had been cooped up in ski school or with a babysitter in the condo all day during part of our Colorado ski vacation, so we decided to treat them to a Colorado sleigh ride and let them run wild and enjoy all that 4 Eagle Ranch has to offer young kids and their parents. 4-Eagle Ranch is a short ride from our condo in Avon and as soon as you arrive you're greeted by a warm and friendly staff, given a brief overview of the ranch, it's history, and the plans for the evening, and then turned loose to have a good time. And the grandkids took off in a cloud of dust with ear to ear grins to enjoy all that the ranch has to offer. When you arrive at 4 Eagle Ranch it's like stepping back a hundred years to the good and bad times of cowboys and mountain men. The ranch is surrounded by beautiful mountains and open pastures and is a working Colorado ranch with a 1883 homestead, bunkhouse, and the historic Nelson Cabin.

Getting ready for a sleigh rideBunkhouse at 4 Eagle RanchBeautiful scenery at 4 Eagle RanchAround the campfire at 4 Eagle Ranch

Within the ranch complex, you'll find:

Having fun at 4 Eagle RanchSleigh ride at 4 Eagle RanchPlaying in one of the period houses at 4 Eagle RanchRiding the steal steer at 4 Eagle Ranch


Sleigh ride at 4 Eagle RanchAnd as soon as the horse drawn sled pulled up, the grandkids were the first to jump aboard. Normally, 4 Eagle Ranch offers a starry night horse-drawn sleigh ride through the Singer at 4 Eagle Ranch snow covered trees and deep powder snow, but a spell of hot weather had melted the snow. Instead, huge and stately Belgium Draft horses pulled a flat bed wagon with hay bales and blankets through the field and along the tree line - the grandkids loved it and our granddaughter claims it was the highlight of her trip. The backdrop to the east was majestic snow covered peaks and to the west the sun was setting over the trees and mountains - stunning scenery. The hayrides ran most of the evening and the grandkids went for another sleigh ride a half hour later.

All too soon for the grandkids, but just right for the adults, the dinner bell rang and we headed to our table right in front of the local entertainment for the evening - a talented singer songwriter who entertained us with his fantastic voice, good guitar pickin', and wide variety of songs. Dinner is served in the historic Nelson Cabin which was built around 1890 and you dine by a huge stone open hearth fireplace and several trophy deer and elk heads watching you from their places on all four walls. I didn't have high expectations for the food based on experiences at other similar places in Arizona and California. Wow, were we surprised - the food was plentiful and fantastic. Served buffet style, we stuffed ourselves on:

  • salad and rolls
  • tender, flavorful, and juicy sirloin steak with choices from well done to rare
  • roasted chicken and fall off the bone tasty ribs
  • macaroni and baked potatoes with all the fixin's
  • award winning steak chili - one of the best I have ever tasted
  • cobbler and cookies for dessert

The buffett at 4 Eagle RanchWarm cozy dinning area at 4 Eagle Ranch

Little Bro sitting by the fire at 4 Eagle RanchAfter a relaxing dinner, good music and several sing alongs, cold beer and wine from the cash bar, the grandkids drug us out to the open campfire to help them cook s'mores. Since I love s'mores, I volunteered to help and the five of us stuffed ourselves with s'mores. Then I immediately set back in a comfy campfire chair, sipped my cold beer, enjoyed the star lit sky and a warm campfire, and listened to the live music over the outdoor speakers - I was in heaven until someone kicked me to stop my snoring.

All too soon the music stopped, the fire started to burn down, and the grandkids eyelids started to droop - meaning it was time to head back to our condo after a very enjoyable evening with warm hospitality, good entertainment, outstanding food, and a spectacular setting.

Check out the 4 Eagle Ranch website to learn more and give them a call (970 926-3372) to make a reservation. If you're not up for a dinner and sleigh ride, you might consider their horseback riding, snowmobiling, or dog sled rides, all with soup and chili. And if you're staying in the Vail or Beaver Creek area, 4 Eagle Ranch will pick you up and take you back home - how good is all that?

Check out the other fun things we did during our Colorado Ski Vacation.

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